The Common Good
March-April 1999

Bringing people together

by Kristine Jensen | March-April 1999

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

An intentional ecumenical Christian community seeks a volunteer with gardening experience to enter into community and take primary responsibility for a one-acre certified organic garden. Room, board, and a small living stipend will be provided. For more information contact: Laurie Hesed, Heartland Farm, R.R. 1, Box 37, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567; (316) 923-4617.

ARC retreat center (Action, Reflection, Celebration) near Minneapolis, Minn.—emphasizing peace, justice, prayer, and simplicity—seeks adult volunteers and staff for one year or longer commitments beginning summer or fall 1999. Join a residential ecumenical community that provides hospitality for guests seeking quiet retreat and renewal. For information or application, contact ARC, 1680 373rd Ave. NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080; (612) 689-3540.

Work with urban gardening, sustainable agriculture, and communications as an intern with the Kansas Rural Center, a dynamic nonprofit that promotes sustainable food systems and family farming statewide. Call Mennonite Voluntary Service, (316) 283-5100, and ask about the Kansas Rural Center position.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for meaningful work? Direct a Christian-based transitional co-op for women and children seeking greater independence. This is an opportunity to shape a program that gives new hope and direction to participants. The program has limited funds but well-established community support. Call Sister Marti McCarthy at Elizabeth House, (510) 658-1380.

Hope Health Clinic, a church-sponsored primary health care clinic for low-income and uninsured persons in a small town (20,000 people) 45 miles south of Atlanta, is seeking a family physician/medical director. Contact Rev. Douglas Hahn, St. George's Episcopal Church, 132 N. Tenth St., Griffin, GA 30223; (770) 227-4453; fax (770) 227-2090.

First Presbyterian Church, Elgin, Ill., seeks a pastor with strong skills in preaching, teaching, community outreach, and spiritual formation. This four-generation, warm and friendly community of faith is steeped in the Reformed tradition and is noted for its hospitality to strangers and its lay leadership. Committed to a program of growing and ministry, both local and global, this community of faith worships in a spirit of joy, hope, and love. Send rTsumT to John Walters, PNC, 1009 Erie, Elgin, IL 60123.

The Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, a 40-year-old community-based organization working with children, families, and the elderly in East Harlem, is seeking a Spanish-English bilingual registered nurse to work with the Certified Home Health Agency. Contact: Pat Monahan, LSAFHS, 426 East 119th St., New York, NY 10035; fax (212) 987-4430.

The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (not a shelter), located at St. Joseph's Social Service Center in Elizabeth, N.J., is a nonprofit service agency that strives to empower homeless people by assisting them in their effort to become self-sufficient through organizing, advocacy, education, and training. We seek an agency coordinator to provide leadership, program direction, and administrative oversight. Skills required are team building, leadership, public speaking, computer literacy, fund raising, grant writing, and proficient writing ability. Bilingual persons with an MSW are preferred; salary is to the mid-20s. Interested candidates should send rTsumT to: Search Committee, c/o Joanne Eash, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, 118 Division St., Elizabeth, NJ 07201; (908) 355-2060; fax (908) 355-5094.

RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

The 5th annual "Working for Global Justice Conference on Careers, Issues and Activism in International Development" will be held March 26-29 at American University in Washington, D.C. There will be more than 30 panels and workshops and many special events, speakers, and films. For information call Visions in Action, (202) 625-7402.

Mountain Retreat, a small Christian retreat center, offers the following retreats: March 19-21, "Lenten Silent Retreat," and April 16-18, "Life-giving Bread: A Bread Retreat." For more information contact Mountain Retreat, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427; Imlind@ neumedianet.

"Preparing for Cross-Cultural Ministry" is a monthlong residential Maryknoll program open to religious or lay people wishing to determine the particular challenges of ministering in another culture and their readiness to do so. Programs are held two times a year, in San Antonio and Chicago. Call (914) 941-7590, ext. 2394.

The Hague Appeal for Peace is hosting a conference May 11-15, 1999, in The Hague, The Netherlands, to create "The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century." Civil society, governments, and international organizations will review peace and justice initiatives of this century, diagnose the successes and failures, and determine how in partnership we can take the next steps for a more peaceful 21st century. To register, contact: Registration Secretariat, "Hague Appeal for Peace," Van Namen and Westerlaken Congress Organization Services, P.O. Box 1558, 6501 BN Nijmegen, The Netherlands; phone + 31-24-323-4471; fax + 31-24-360-1159; hap99@congres.net. More information is also available from the U.S. office of the Hague Appeal for Peace: c/o WFM, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017; fax (212) 599-1332; hap99@igc.org.

MISCELLANEOUS

Amnesty International and AIUSA campus groups are planning an International Week of Student Action, March 27 through April 4, to stop violations against juveniles in the U.S. justice system. To sign up, contact AIUSA at www.amnesty-usa.org/ rightsforall; (202) 544-0200; aiusanfp@aiusa.org.

The Washington Committee for Honduran Relief was organized November 1 to respond to the disastrous effects of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, which suffered about 70 percent of the total damage inflicted on Central America. The committee is coordinating collection of medicines, food, clothing, and emergency supplies and collaborating with groups working in the other affected countries of the region. If your church, work, or neighborhood group is interested in a work brigade with the committee or in making a donation, contact Susan Fleck, volunteer coordinator, at (301) 270-1486; susan_fleck@yahoo.com.

The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington will host a public dialogue on March 23, 1999, at Adas Israel Synagogue, on the challenges and opportunities of the millennium for the religious community. Cost including supper is $12. Call the IFC at (202) 234-6300 for more information.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison:

K. Tabono Sankofa, #910878, Maximum Control Facility, P.O. Box 557, Westville, IN 46391; Charles Brown, J-44856, 3A3-Cell-229up, P.O. Box 3461, Corcoran, CA 93212; Stanley Lavorn, #330009, X-39, U.C.I., P.O. Box 221, Raiford, FL 32083; Michael Smith, #422423, P.O. Box 9200, New Boston, TX 75570; Anthony Shields, #95652, Box 97, McAlester, OK 74502; Coleman E. James Jr., #592708, P.O. Box 9200, New Boston, TX 75570.

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